How To Recover From Burnout When You Feel Unmotivated

 July 29, 2019

Burnout When You Feel Unmotivated

5) If You’re Ready to Stop Feeling Burnt Out and Unmotivated You Will Need to Begin Saying “No”

Are you feeling burnt out because you are saying “YES” to everyone? Even when you don’t have the bandwidth to add more to your plate? Or when you don’t even want to do it? Then, darling, that could be what is causing – or exasperating – feeling burnt out and unmotivated.

I know you want to make others in your life happy. And you don’t want to upset everyone. Always saying yes has a cost. If you want to reclaim your sense of peace, then, that means you must learn to say “no” to anything you don’t really want to do.

And, if we were, to be honest, that means you sometimes need to say “no” to things you want to do, but just don’t have the bandwidth for. Because, when you feel burnt out and unmotivated, you must reclaim more of your time. And that demands to do less. Which means you have to say “no” more often. To others and yourself.


6) Play and Relaxation is Important if You Want to Stop Feeling Burnt Out and Unmotivated

When you’re feeling burned out, you need to relax. Yes, I know that I’ve already suggested more sleep, but relaxation is different from sleep. Relaxation is learning to embrace leisure time as true leisure time. Not as time to watch a movie while simultaneously working. Or convince yourself that walking on the treadmill while reading that report is not leisure.

Read a book that has nothing to do with learning or work. Go for a bike ride, not because of calories burned, but because you like the wind in your face. Set aside time to simply play.


Embracing these ideas will allow you to begin recovering from feeling burnt out and unmotivated.

Do know that this may not happen overnight. Recovery is a journey. Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, there will be days when it feels like you’re taking two steps backward rather than forward. However, over time, you’ll begin to see that your stress is lessened. And that you’ve begun to be passionate about your interests – and your life – again.

Know, too, that it’s easy to believe you’re making progress and slip back into believing you can do MORE. Don’t be tempted to resume the life of too much on your plate. Use this experience of feeling burnt out and unmotivated to, well, motivate you to curating a life that feels loving and nourishing. Decide that you’re not going to live on the fumes of your life ever again. And remind yourself of that regularly.

Because, darling, life is simply too precious to live that way. You deserve more.

Written by Debra Smouse
Originally appeared in Debra Smouse

Debra Smouse is a life coach and author who has been published in Time, Huffington Post, MSN, Psychology Today, and more. She knows that the path to loving your life begins with an uncluttered mind.  Snag a free workbook with life hacks on how to love YOUR life.

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